Title: The Sky Blues
Author: Robbie Couch
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 6th, 2021
Genres: YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance
Buy Link: https://bookshop.org/a/11727/9781534477858
Sky’s small town turns absolutely claustrophobic when his secret promposal plans get leaked to the entire school in this witty, heartfelt, and ultimately hopeful debut novel for fans of What if it’s Us? and I Wish You All the Best.
Sky Baker may be openly gay, but in his small, insular town, making sure he was invisible has always been easier than being himself. Determined not to let anything ruin his senior year, Sky decides to make a splash at his high school’s annual beach bum party by asking his crush, Ali, to prom—and he has thirty days to do it.
What better way to start living loud and proud than by pulling off the gayest promposal Rock Ledge, Michigan, has ever seen?
Then, Sky’s plans are leaked by an anonymous hacker in a deeply homophobic e-blast that quickly goes viral. He’s fully prepared to drop out and skip town altogether—until his classmates give him a reason to fight back by turning his thirty-day promposal countdown into a school-wide hunt to expose the e-blast perpetrator.
But what happens at the end of the thirty days? Will Sky get to keep his hard-won visibility? Or will his small-town blues stop him from being his true self?
rep: gay mc, mlm li, Black sc, Iraqi sc, trans sc, autistic sc, gay scs
tw: homophobia, racism, f-slur, past car accident, past death of a parent, vomiting
Sky is a Senior in a small-town high school in Michigan. He’s been out for a while now but his bible-thumping mother disowned him, his older brother never talks to him, and he lives in the basement of his best friend’s house. He daydreams of taking his friend Ali to the prom and keeps his ‘gayness’ low key for his friends. But a bully has his sights set on him and is about to make Sky’s life very difficult in a small-town high school. At the same time, he is given the opportunity to learn more about his father, who died when he was very young. I think what made it even more beautiful were the number of adults in the novel who weren’t just decorative but actually served as support systems for Sky the whole time. The romance storyline is adorable, but the friendships made the whole thing have a warm glow. This was a kind story in the face of a hard time and I loved every minute.
The main character, Sky, could not be more awkward if he tried and it is so enjoyable and endearing. He is also incredibly oblivious at times. He is strong and determined so no matter how many times he struggles, he always perseveres. I honestly think he would make such a great role model. I love him with all of my heart. I loved the positivity and diversity. I have to admit, in the first few chapters I was scared that the MC’s only personality trait would be his sexual orientation, but I was wrong. Sky is a lot more than that and each situation brings something new to his character. like any YA rom-com, there were parts that hurt so much to read.
The plot is engaging, and I found the mysteries in Sky’s story interesting. I didn’t really put the book down for long once I started it and I found it thoroughly entertaining. It contains a lot of humor, snappy dialogue, and some lovely, flustered teens. A wonderful read. This book certainly does not shy away from stronger topics and themes. There are moving descriptions of grief and anxiety, situations with hostile family members, and the eternal terror of being bullied for being who you are.
Some parts made me want to just hug the characters and cry with them. But, they were also beautifully done and were completely necessary to the story. Every bit of the sadness was worth it in the end. But more importantly, this book was also really heartwarming and uplifting! Parts of it made me feel like I could take on the world. One of the most prominent aspects of this book was friendship and acceptance. Sky and his friends are all so strong and genuinely good people.
They aren’t afraid to fight for themselves and others. We could all stand to be a bit like them, I think. As Sky’s world grows bigger, there are always people who aren’t supportive but there are a lot of people who are. Robbie Couch does a fantastic job of balancing everything in this novel.I cannot wait to own this book and have it on my shelf. This is a great and very important one.
This is one that when I get a copy, I will lend out to whoever needs to read it. Thank you to NetGalley for the complimentary copy of this book and to TurnThePageTours for having me be part of your team once again! I always enjoy working with you guys and your tours always run smoothly with brilliant results! Loooking forward to future tours for more amazing books!
About the Author
Robbie Couch is the author of the young adult romantic-comedy novel, The Sky Blues. His work has been published in HuffPost, Upworthy, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among other outlets. Originally from small-town Michigan, Robbie now lives in Los Angeles, where he remains in constant fear of aggressive birds and on the prowl for his next bowl of noodles.
1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Oh boy. Great question. When I’m in a creative rut, sometimes I’ll put on an audiobook by one of my faves or flip to a great chapter in one of my go-to books. Just spending a few minutes absorbing a great storyteller’s narrative will often spark an idea or get my creative juices flowing again. I do it quite a bit!
2. Where did you get your information or ideas for your book?
I get my ideas everywhere! Truly. I highly recommend anyone interested in writing fiction to get in the habit of jotting down notes throughout your day whenever a compelling idea pops into your consciousness. I am constantly adding lines in my phone’s notes app when I see something absurd or interesting or wild or hilarious out in the real world. It could be a tiny character trait or the premise of a whole new story. But either way, I document the thought before I forget it and then transfer those notes into a Google doc every so often. It’s great to reference after weeks or months go by. I’m constantly pulling new inspiration from old notes!
3. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing this book?
Copyeditors. They rock. I mean, I knew they rocked before writing The Sky Blues, but it wasn’t until the copy folks at Simon & Schuster got out a red pen and noted all my typos, misspelled words, and total grammar flubs that I realized how lucky I was to have them. Seriously. If you know a copyeditor, go hug them. Right now!
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